Eros (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eros (2004)



Critic Consensus: Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.

Movie Info

Three of the world's most gifted filmmakers offer their own unique perspectives on love and lust in this omnibus film. The initial episode, "The Hand," was directed by Wong Kar-Wai, and tells the story of Zhang (Chang Chen), a young, virginal dressmaker's assistant who finds it difficult to control his desire when he is sent to the home of Hua (Gong Li), a beautiful and refined prostitute, for a fitting. Steven Soderbergh directed the film's second story, "Equilibrium," in which Nick Penrose (Robert Downey Jr.) spends a session with his analyst (Alan Arkin) discussing a recurring dream of a beautiful naked woman in his apartment, but he keeps wandering off on tangents about alarm clocks and hair loss. Finally, Italian virtuoso Michelangelo Antonioni brings his short story The Dangerous Thread of Things to the screen, a story of a jaded couple, Christopher (Christopher Buchholz) and ChloŽ (Regina Nemni), whose relationship comes to a crossroads when both husband and wife become infatuated with the same woman, Linda (Luisa Ranieri).more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Steven Soderbergh, Kar-Wai Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2006
Box Office: $53.7k
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


Li Gong
as Miss Hua
Robert Downey Jr.
as Nick Penrose
Alan Arkin
as Dr. Pearl/Hal
Luisa Ranieri
as The Girl/Linda
Tin Fung
as Master Jin
Auntie Luk
as Hua's Servant, Ying
Zhou Jianjun
as Hua's Lover, Zhao
Yim Lai Fu
as Tailor
Un Chi Keong
as Hotel Concierge
Ele Keats
as The Woman/Cecelia
Cecilia Luci
as Girl by the Cascade
Karima Machehour
as Girl by the Cascade
Maria Bosio
as Guest at the Restaur...
Carla Milani
as Guest at the Restaur...
Vinicio Milani
as Guest at the Restaur...
Ugo Quattrini
as Guest at the Restaur...
Jason Cardone
as Guest at the Restaur...
Carin Berger
as Guest at the Restaur...
Enrica Antonioni
as Guest at the Restaur...
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Critic Reviews for Eros

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (27)

I guess one out of three ain't bad.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Three smart filmmakers produce three whiffs on the theme of love.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European Red Shoe Diaries.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It is fairly melancholy news that the works of two of Antonioni's admirers outshine the master's segment.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Eros comes nowhere near meeting the challenge of its title when compared to the increasingly lewd standards of our current cinema.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

There's one good movie in here, sure. But unfortunately, it's over after the first 43 minutes.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eros

Both Steven Soderbergh's and Michaelangelo Antonioni's segments are very interesting and for the most part flawless, but I really wasn't taken with Kar Wai Wong's. The first segment is just so repetative and drawn out for no reason, especially when the love story isn't even powerful. However, Robert Downey Jr. and Alan Arkin make up for it ten fold in a truly funny and powerful therapist session. I liked the b&w vs. color transition, it made the story feel all the more dreamlike. The relationship analysis in Antonioni's final segment is really a unique type of film making. It's not simplistic in its message, but the minimalistic visuals really put you in a unique mood.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


The Hand & The Equilibrium were good, But I didn't like Antonioni's The Dangerous Thread Of Things

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


The only thing that brings the film down is Antonioni's very weak segment.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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